Our family of 4 stayed in Apartment 111 which had 3 bedrooms. We had loads of space - both our kids had their own room but the unit could have easily slept 4 kids. The smallest room was big enough to fit a bunk bed and a dresser. My preschooler loved sleeping in the bunk bed. The other "kids room" (could also comfortably sleep 2 adults) was a nice size and had two twin beds. The "master" was tight but had a king bed and a dresser. All the rooms had closets so there was plenty of storage.
Apartment 111 had a tiny but full kitchen - the only thing it was missing was a dishwasher. There is no restaurant at the hotel. The fancy place next door is too fancy to bring kids for dinner (maybe for lunch if the kids are feeling well-behaved). So it was nice to be able to cook a simple lunch and dinner. It also had an enclosed private patio with a sand box and a nice patio table which made for nice al fresco homemade meals. There is a grocery store in town at the harbour and if you have a car there is a large Stop And Shop a short drive away.
The downsides of Apartment 111 were: (1) it was dark and had no view (a sacrifice we were willing to make for the benefit of having a large space and a kitchen); (2) very potent potpourri sachets hanging in the closets that made the entire unit reek of potpourri (I would ask to have them removed prior to arrival if you are highly scent sensitive); and (3) it was noisy as it was right beside the reception and parking lot.
Cliffside is absolutely charming. There's lots of stuff and bric-a-brac everywhere but it all works. The continental breakfast in the morning is simple but tasty. While we didn't make use of them, the pool and the gym looked fantastic. The staff were very friendly and attentive.
The beach is the star and it is fantastic. The sand is like sugar and it goes for miles (we walked to Jetties Beach but you could probably walk all the way into town on the beach). My preschooler was happy to stay at the beach everyday all day. They also provided beach toys. The surf is gentle and leaves behind all sorts of shells and rocks for discovery.
The hotel is about a mile from town and is a pleasant walk with strollers (it is too far for little legs without strollers). We brought our car but found parking in town to be a pain (good for exploring the rest of the island though).
We stayed in Cliffside during a grey week in Nantucket but we had a very enjoyable time. The beach was the best!
- Also Known As:
- Cliffside Beach Club Hotel
- Cliffside Beach Club And Hotel
- Cliffside Beach Club Hotel Nantucket
- Cliffside Beach Hotel
- Cliffside Beach Nantucket
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cliffside is a unique combination of a small hotel and private beach club, which offers its guests a range of amenities rarely found in an intimate resort with only 27 accommodations. The European flair of St. Tropez comes to life in this unique and relaxing setting. The hotel was featured on the cover of Elle Décor as the prestigious French magazine’s pick, as one of the best resorts in New England. ... more less